More of a cosmological composer than a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Jayma Superlove is an intergalactic space commander posing as a space cadet. Performer, educator, producer, musician, inventor, designer and activist, Jayma is a music traditionalist ripened into abstract and original artist. She translates a subterranean fervor and serves as a ubiquitous conduit communicating unreconciled emotional treatise straight from the ecstatic and shattered soul of consciousness. To say she taps into the pneuma and dives deep into dialogue with our secret selves is to say she attempts to scratch the inutile itch of inconsolability that exists in any audience.
Her performances or Superlove Sessions are a braid of electric-acoustic exhibitions focusing on aggressive beats, experimental harmonics or resonance, melodic sonority, transcendental meanderings in a metaphorical song-story narrative. She idiomatically categorizes her most prominent exposes with experimental electronics, and branded her new style as a sub-genre of experimental electronic-acoustic crossover that’s coined Rxsounik. Heavily influenced by the psychedelic rock and break-beat era encompassing such futuristic artists as Pink Floyd, The Beastie Boys and Frank Zappa, most of Superlove’s tracks have cryptic volatility, with grooving syncopated beats, complex polyphony and a slam-poetry-type punch. She peppers the sonic guacamole with live instrumental improvisation on saxophone, clarinet and various indigenous flutes. Jayma experiments fluently with junky trip-hop sublinguals expanding into indefinable realms of sugary sweet reflections paradoxically twined with disturbingly dark and satirical contemplations. Some describe her music as intelligent hippy-love-rock, with an underbelly resembling some kind of melancholic & covertly hostile Alfred Hitchcock trist. Percolating retrospective iambics of obscurity with juxtaposed comedic hijinks, she offers her electro-acoustic pontification and it's always well versed with complex emotional hooks. Add some daring acapella-scat-sing-phrasing, cross-breeding folklore mixes and melismatic blends, samples, ambiguous noise with standard form-sensibility plus some classic funk, and you get an idea of what she is shooting for.
Jayma Superlove has four album releases you can find via Google search or at bandcamp.com--her first debuted work, “Aperiodicity Includes Periodicity”- a jazz symphony; “ACEZHIP” a sample based experimental electronic album; “inipi” a through-composed Rxsounik ‘masterspiece’ and her latest sample based experimental album “OCTAGANGAGOOGALEE”.
She is currently and furiously finishing a new album: "Quidproquo" partially released (after the major scripting error in computer land, she had to re-write a good majority of it) - with track number 5 in its' final edits. DROP!
A Western United States Tour- spanning & springing & skittleing Transformational Festivals & other random performance outlets were successfully embraced & accomplished: 2015-2017...
She's about to DEBUT her NEW NEW projects from the HOLAQ- Holodeck, 2018. HOLAQ (Superlove Spaceship Sanctuary)- is a traveling laser stage temple- with many a surprise-SURPRISE!!! Coming to an intergalactic- interscholastic quadrant near you, SOON!
She fronts the Independent Record Label the ‘Rxsounik.gronk.Substratum’ that serves as a platform and congregation for like-minded collaborators. The label also provisions a playground for the new wave of thrill seeking adventurist, expanding consciousness comrades and epilog for the sustainable living movement.
Jayma experiments fluently with ethereal undertones while shaking the most inauspicious stars--and she does this like a hypnotic ace. Catch her solo or peppered with fellow oddball synthe inventors, funk + afrobeat + SKA ensembles, experimental-electronic-crossover nerds and avant-garde-jazz freaks.
The Rxsounik.gronk.Substratum is an Independent Recording Label.
It is the parent entity nurturing several creative projects, including;
The Superlove Music Studio: fully functioning recording studio, education place and music therapy pod.
Superlove Sessions: LIVE! performance sessions including originals works by Jayma Superlove; often hosting esteemed guest artists.
RXGS: an avant-garde expérimental electronic music collaboration.
The Odd Ensemble: an odd collection of musicians.
HOLAQ: a traveling performance trailer-cube and vagabonding recording studio… that 'throws down' gorilla gigs in very unanticipated locations.
The Rxsounik.gronk.Substratum also awards scholarships and funds music lessons and recording studio sessions for selected musicians who exhibit exceptional talent and who also demonstrate a lack of support, disability or the financial or experiential where-with-all to bring such endeavors to fruition.
The Rxsounik.gronk.Substratum serves as a platform and congregation,
where cutting-edge musicians can find unity and integral support to further their prosperity and joviality!….
SUPERLOVE MUSIC STUDIO!!!----- I TEACH: Piano, Voice, Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Composition, Theory, Ableton LIVE, Production, Band Integration, Unintentional Circus Acrobatics (LOL!!!) etc... etc.......
How does my service stand out?
#1) I am enthralled with humor. I love comedy. And, if I were to go into another 'field' it would most certainly be the entertainment of making people laugh. However, when I try to be funny... I'm usually not--- so I just don't try very hard... and usually through circumstance, or my natural penchant to accidentally trip on invisible things... well, I usually have a lot of naturally funny things going on around me. Don't let the optimism here fool you tho! Underneath the lipstick (on the rare event that I do wear it!), there is a sarcastic, kinda wacky, kinda rediculous and vibrantly astrigent, REAL artist here. Think "Jack Black" vs. 'what's his name, Simmons?' in the NEW music movie 'whiplash'. I'm more "Cab Callaway" then "Mother Superior" in The Blues Brothers... (One of my favorite movies btw, AND, one of the reasons I got into music!)...
I think it's interesting to note that "MUSE" the core derivation of the word, "music" also describes, COMEDY. Or, entertainment. Isn't it interesting that the court jester, the comedian- back in olden days.... was considered to belong with the social group of musicians and misfits?! I think the two go hand-in hand, actually. The artist and the comedian are both endowed to share, to 'preach' their observations to the masses--- as a witty truth? Make the uncomfortable a little more confortable.
As a verb, to muse is to consider something thoughtfully. As a noun, it means a person — especially a woman — who is a source of artistic inspiration.
In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Today, a muse is a person who serves as an artist's inspiration. Often filmmakers talk about a certain actor being a muse — meaning the actor inspired a movie. Writers, painters, musicians, and other artists have muses. Muse can also refer to thinking deeply. If you muse about something, you're giving it serious thought.
Are you musing about studying with me? "As you think, so shall you become"--- said Bruce Lee. Did that just send you over the edge into a full throttle YES! (heavens yes kinda question mark)....
Need more? ....
**** I can help you learn music...AND I can help you learn about focus, barriers to learning, how to identify and surmount internal struggles and basically... I can almost guarantee, with pretty astute confidence... that, I'm one of the most FUN and funny music teachers on planet earth. My metrics for data accumulation on this one point and subsequent conclusion; is (drum roll, please!) the feed-back I receive from almost two decades of successful, loyal and amazing students, that return week after week with smiling faces, and goals accomplished. I'm so lucky to do what I do--- and I have boxes of Thank You cards to prove it! People seeking musical expansion intrinsically make me happy--- so its' a win win from square one- as my happiness seems to rub off onto others. The simple secret I seize is the ART of staying curious and being willing to experience the miracle of music, in any shape or size! ****
I teach multiple instruments at a Professional level: Piano, Voice, Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Composition (Song writing & major works!) Theory, AND MUSIC SOFTWARE!--- Ableton Live Production (the very HOT, new modality in music composition). I can teach ANY genre... from Mozart to Miles... from Bach to Beck. I do specialize in contemporary & the rough and tough Master style: Jazz, Vocal Jazz and understand that style very thoroughly. I am a classically trained musician, multi-instrumentalist seasoned into incredibly versatile session musician and contemporary leader. You can check out some of my works on bandcamp if you are curious?
****Am I a good fit for you? That IS an important question--- as my interest is also in getting you on the correct 'lines', for you. I can network you into a powerful web of performers. I'm happy to refer my students out to another expert if I cannot fully serve your personal goals. That's why, taking at least one lesson with me is a good decision. I function as an industry consultant and informal "life coach" as well... In other words--- I'm goal oriented... and I have a BIG PICTURE approach with a pretty astute music history and philosophical background. I can dive into music science as well with physics and that kind of stuff, if you're into it!
An example of the number one thing I hear from parents or people seeking a teacher/guide/consultant like me, is: "I wanted Megan to have a RELATER. I wanted a teacher that is respectful to my child and one that will explore deeper into music versus just teaching her how to play music out of a book." Yep. I am your kind of teacher if you are looking for the 'Right Brain' relater. Both intorvert and extrovert. I&ENFP in Myers Briggs to be exact!!!--- I do pack a punch, 'left brain'-wise, too... I just so happen to excel on being dorky cool, in general. haha! (Not trying to be arrogant here! Just embracing who I am wholeheartedly :-)
****Alignment is important for both teacher and apprentice! Boring, stale and stuffy are the antonyms that describe this music studio. This, is a real alive and living music studio that also functions as a recording studio---... I am a seasoned professional that can truly embrace contemporary genres, yet I am fully versed in the classics. There's no pomp and circumstance or snobby pretension here in terms of my approach! We get strait into the nitty-gritty and do this in a very engaging, open and stimulating way! Understated- my place is a cornucopia of productivity and ingenuity-- specializing in innovation, while exercising transparent conversation we dive into condensed musical expertise! There is a bit of an 'alternative-progressive/counter culture approach' here; however, complimented by a stable, resolute and conventional methodology. I also serve as a 'Specialist' in a certain regard; I can engage, authentically, any student that has not had a great experience with a mean or crazily conformist music teacher! I honor the individual, in other words- not my own grandiosity or virtuosity. --- So if this is what you are looking for- a warm, inviting, supportive, invigorating experience that is intellectually challenging while embracing the whole spirit of the student & person- The Superlove Music Studio will be a good fit for you!
Here's another Essay I wrote a while ago when I was bored--- it's a correlation. ....
A) never be bored again
B) always have something to work on (ok maybe a restatement of 'never be bored again!' BUT!)
C) feel the exhilaration of engaging in something emotionally intangible but readily perceived as awesome by the masses!...
D) spend lots of money on something that may never 'pay out' but will bring you enourmous amounts of joy!
A) buy a boat
B) enroll in music lessons
Labor of Love by Jayma Superlove
Not so funny, but funny, ... the reality about college tuition and the price of being a musician:
This was interesting to me, and I thought I would share because I was shocked when I added up what the average musician - and musician’s parents - invest in our wondrous art! I ran some numbers to reflect what I, and my gracious parents, have invested in music and my musical endeavors over the years.
I started adding in high school, because I had the LUXURY of private music lessons only FOUR times. My mom played the piano fairly fluently and I was basically self-taught with a little guidance from her, and a lot of watching her when she played. I got the books and learned the notes and fingerings by myself.
3 Private Lessons- Saxophone @ $15.00; 1 Private Lesson- Clarinet @ $15.00.
I didn’t calculate all the marching band stuff or the equipment before high school because it was too tedious.... so, let’s just say it was probably a $2,000.00 investment.
(I’m sending this to my parents to make them laugh and to covertly thank them, again... and I’m sure they’ll make amendments if my math or reflection is off.....)
Anyway,- these are estimations:
One professional clarinet: $3,000.00
One professional saxophone: $2800.00
One professional keyboard: $2,800.00
Student flute & microphones: $480.00
Amplifiers, misc.: $600.00
Cables and assorted reeds (probably thousands): $1,200.00
Miscellaneous stuff: $300.00
“Training Trips”: European tour; Marching Band tours; Nerdy but STUDLY band camp stuff: $2,000.00.
Private Lessons- Professor of Clarinet
$9,000.00 $3,000.00 $2,500.00
Yale University- New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist (I had the rare opportunity to study under one of the best clarinetist in the world...)
Lets’ see, it took me 6 years to graduate with 3 minors so .....
$220.00 x 4 lessons a month, times 9 months a year x’s 6 years=
Professor of Saxophone
190.00 x 36 weeks x 6 years=
Professor of Voice half hour x 36 weeks x 4 years=
Graduate Degree Piano Instructor group Lessons hour x 36 weeks x 4 years=
Masters Classes with the likes of: Wynton Marsalias, Nancy Schur, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval
$30.00/half $4,320.00 $2000.00
So, these are the basics of private instruction and not reflecting general tuition.....
so, the investment in lessons for accumulated skill and mastery- $108,400.00
Let me repeat this: $108,400.00 by the age of 22.
Luckily, I worked hard enough to SCHOLARSHIP 40% OF ALL THIS...
So... lets see here..... Totals:
Private Lessons: $62,700-
Sweat: Bucket Loads-
Practice Time: A zillion hours-
5 Seconds of screaming fans & feeling like a Rockstar:
-Moral of this story insert now-
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the average educational debt of indebted graduates of the class of 2009 was $156,456.
That said, as of 2007, the average osteopathic physician's salary was $185,000. Remember, this is an overall figure, in which general practice D.O.s make around $120,000 while neuro surgeon D.O's can make more than triple that.
Elementary Music Teacher $39,000
Full-Time Music Teacher $49,000
Full-Time Piano Teacher $51,000
Most Private Teachers $33,000
Full-Time Music Instructor $53,000
.........................and this is a reflection, before they pay out overhead costs to run their studio.
The bottom Line for most Private Teachers: $20,000/year
Poverty is defined as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. Approximately 43.6 (14.3%) million Americans were living in poverty in 2009, up from 39.8 million (13.2%) in 2008. The government's definition of poverty is not tied to an absolute value of how much an individual or family can afford, but is tied to a relative level based on total income received. For example, the poverty level for 2011 was set at $22,350 (total yearly income) for a family of four.
The moral, moral of this story...
Exhibit A) when you attend the Superlove Music Studio, you are receiving world class guidance in the zone of Musical Arts
Exhibit B) thank you for valuing us working musician/teachers. We need your support more than ever.
Exhibit C) investing in music and upholding a standard of compensation is imperative for this art to survive.
Exhibit D) Even though our current monetary mode reflects NON-EQUAL exchange for the private music teacher; based upon output of energy and 'qualifications'... I am elated to hold the position and job I have....regardless of the suffering and sacrifices. I teach because this is where my heart is, and I teach because this is my calling ... I encourage others to find their sweet spot and do it!, no matter what!. Embrace your dreams and do what makes you happy in a labor of love.
i love you All Wayz, Me
HOLAQ (Superlove Spaceship Sanctuary) has been top secret. It's about to launch. And, it's under construction, indefinitely... just like US.
Let's just say HOLAQ is a traveling stage on wheels. It's a platform. IT'S ALSO A PULPIT. It's a tabernacle, a sanctuary- ripened and prepared for the WORD, as sound. It's a fantasy of SPECTACLE- the looking glass- in and out of the cosmos, evolving.
The preacher, preaching- MUSIC AS MEDICINE.
There's also lasers and star-gazers... and costumes and marionettes and mimes and puppets and muppets... and anything else that strikes the humors to oil the spirit.
HOLAQ- is Jayma Superloves' mid-life Magnum-Opus, Art-Installation and rocket-ship to reach her fullest potentials--- to SERVE, as the interpreter and facilitate a conversation......
--- Superlove Spaceship Sanctuary, HOLAQ, is serving as EXPERIMENT AND DEMONSTRATION: for a Doctorate of Divinity Dissertation. The assertions and lectures will be given LIVE-time, in the language of MUSIC.
To honor the RESONANCE of the real-life-rising... Superlove Sessions will be delivered, comingled... will be communicated strait from the nectar of the universe as the divine inspiritus downloads. If the environment calls for a gentle Apollonian embrace- the souls presents shall receive. If the environment desires a rough little tumble- we will roll in the extracts of the Dionysian.
There will be lasers. There will be AWE.
There will be AFFINITY, ALL Ways.
Call to Action: We DO need investors for this project. This stuff isn't cheap.
The mind blowing EXTRAS of this project may never be born. If anyone has access to a probing electromagnetic oscilloscope, we still need one and can't afford one. If you'd like to see some freaky amazing science come alive, GIVE. The science demonstrated a live fractal analysis of a Beings' energy state, in a 3-D projected laser show. Um, yeah... we did this in a laboratory- but taking it to the streets with a musicians budget is rough.
What can we say (%$^@!*&#)
The Odd Ensemble is a collection of odd ensembles.
('tiz a group of various session musicians and random musicians and superlovers' that coagulate and congeal and congregate to converse and console and conduct cosmic communications and converse with comical cronies from the corpus collosum constellation, confidently in confidentially)...
Odd Ensembles are sometimes the backing band- sometimes the frontward band, sideways... diagonal- that play music with Jayma Superlove. :-)
Superlove Music Sessions are LIVE performances! These performances include Jayma Superlove in tandem- in one way or another... all kinds of shapes and sizes.
The Superlove Studio offers Music Production.
Whether you need band integration and character balancing, soundscapes for an indy film or an inventive beats underlay for a hip-hop project, Jayma Superlove offers her wide array of skills as Producer, Arranger, Conductor and Director.
The Superlove Studio offers Music Recording.
Specializing in small ensembles, singer-songwriters and non-standard formatted experimental music. - with networked partnering studio's for full-band and larger orchestral captures.
For a list of Superlove Studio's equipment and amenities please contact and connect via email.
We, are the Astigmatisms. We both have to wear glasses. Only when we play, clarinet. Hot, Clarinet.
You would think we would be playing some ubsurd clarinet.
Nope. We're playing HOT clarinet. All the classics. DUETS. Hot Duets. Mozart, Bach.
Book us for your wedding. With or out the wig. See us on Pearl Street.
Let’s face it: Saxophone is the kewlest instrument ever. Ok, drums are pretty up there too. Alright, so is piano. BUT, there’s something very special about the Saxophone. Maybe the fortified driving air of John Coltrane (NOT KIDDING)... the political prowess personified by Bill Clinton’s sexaphoniness.... and the illustriousness of popular clout clambered by our mainstream hero Kenny G ...
Anyways- I’m catalyzing a SAXOPHONE CHOIR. It’s a group of saxophone dorks getting together to create a circle of saxophone awesomeness. It’s a visionary experience- for the purpose of being awesome- with a secondary purpose of being outlandish in a ‘marching band’ type atmosphere. The basic premise is to coagulate saxophone peeps and organize some basic ‘ditties’ or some song and explore the outer realms of what a group of saxophone nerds can do. What it looks like is: Saxophone players of all levels all ages get together and play saxophone. Senior member invent and teach junior members riffs and invented songs. More of a ‘call and response’ improvisation process than reading codified music etc... The junior members will set up basic funky grooves so the senior members can soar like eagles up above! We, the saxophone choir, name yet to be invented, play parades/gathering, tag team along with the neon bike group and fire dancers... we play Pearl Street Mall if the impulse strikes and such counter-culture events that encourage renegade artistic happenings.
-JUST START SHOWING UP AND YOU’RE IN.
-TUESDAYS 8pm (OR 9-p.m. if group consensus indicates)
-LOCATION: 4919 NORTH BROADWAY Unit 33 (the NOBO arts district)!
-ASKING FOR A $2-5 CONTRIBUTION EACH REHEARSAL FOR BASIC INSTRUCTION/RENT/ELECTRICITY & MARKETING/ PR OUTREACH- TO KEEP THE GROUP ALIVE, COST.
-PLEASE RSVP via email AND GIVE ME YOUR NAME, NUMBER, EMAIL & BACKGROUND. email@example.com
The ideal candidate: One who is committed to the group One who shows up One who can carry a tune- or at lease willing to learn One who is advanced and would be willing to teach beginning/intermediate players the basics One who wants to wail on the saxophone One who is willing to have the most outlandish fun of their life One who wants to meet new and interesting artists and people One who isn’t afraid to wear face paint and a cape One who would consider trying to ride a bike and play saxophone at the same time One who would consider wearing roller skates and playing the saxophone (perhaps a cheap pawn shop saxophone, ya know) One who would contribute their time and energy in a positively and profoundly uplifting way
Here’s how it works and other info: I’m a Professional Saxophone teacher. I don’t exactly want to ‘teach’ the group- but rather guiding the group by delegation to members and providing the space and time for creation!. We would divide the group based upon ability via the SKI RATING SYSTEM- to supply structure and opportunity for growth for every member.
Based upon a ‘soft audition’ I would qualify you into: GREEN LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE BLUE LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED BLACK LEVEL - ADVANCED
DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND LEVEL - STUD MUFFIN ADVANCED
*each person would select a ‘buddy’ from a lesser advanced level and you would be required to mentor them. The Blue and Black level members would be responsible for inventing basic ‘songs’ or jams to teach the group with an ‘Suzuki/Mimicry/ Improvised” method.
AGE DISCLOSURE AND CONCERNS: Ok, so how about age? All are invited, however parents please be advised that this may be an unruly group with some outlandishness and some venues with alcohol etc. I will require a ‘permission slip’ for anyone 13-18 years old- indicating the person may be exposed to the ‘musicians environment’. Under 13 years are also welcome to join and attend but I would encourage parents to attend rehearsals/performances for ‘parental guidance’. If I were to rate this scene via movie guidelines I would evaluate it a ‘PG-13’. I am giving this disclosure because I’m a teacher and I respect the protective rights of parents. Ok, with that said....
Let’s do this. Yours Truly,
Aloha Milky Way Galaxy!!!!
Do you need a small budget counter culture DJ (happy question mark)...- What tiz counter culture you ask (insert inquiring question mark with enthusiasm)...
A counterculture (also written counter-culture) is a subculture whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores.
A countercultural movement expresses the ethos and aspirations of a specific population during a well-defined era. When oppositional forces reach critical mass, countercultures can trigger dramatic cultural changes.
Scholars differ in the characteristics and specificity they attribute to "counterculture". "Mainstream" culture is of course also difficult to define, and in some ways becomes identified and understood through contrast with counterculture. Counterculture might oppose mass culture (or "media culture"), or middle-class culture and values. Counterculture is sometimes conceptualized in terms of generational conflict and rejection of older or adult values. Typically, a "fringe culture" expands and grows into a counterculture by defining its own values in opposition to mainstream norms.
A counter culture DJ plays eclectic music that is not POPULAR. We ask, "has a song been played a billion times on the commercial radio station in your area" (snarky question mark)... If so, a counter culture DJ will NOT play it. A counter culture DJ will play hidden sonic gems from little pockets of the underground music scene. There are tremendous libraries of 'unheard-of' music masterpieces that go unknown, because the popular marketing and media (machines) i.e. 'outlets' haven't ravished the hidden artist for their own agendas'. There is a glut of marvel compositions that swim beneath the surface. And these masterpieces remain hidden- under piles and miles of sonic SAMENESS that are regurgitated over the air-waves. The majority of society is exposed to a pittance of contrived songs that sail upon the surface. And over, and over and over again. Around 2% of the society however, is hungry for sounds that are augmented on the diagonal and submarine. We cater to the rarity of this curious few and counter culture DJ's are actually hard to find. We are as unique as the music we play.
To paint the picture; Superlover Soundz once DJ'd a GOTHIC wedding in a WICCA church on Halloween. All the guests were in costume and the bride and groom wanted nothing but heavy metal and grind-core songs played during the service and at the reception. This wedding was something out of an Edward-Scissor-Hands fantasy, and it was beautifully messy. Understatement: Original and intensely fun for anyone who attended.
To give you another facsimile of a counter-culture event; Superlover Soundz DJ'd a wedding at a farm in Hawaii. The bride and groom were avid 'ravers' and they wanted nothing but IDM (intelligent dance music) played at their reception. They asked and we delivered.
We also block that one guest who requests 'Freebird'- from interjecting their 'genius' for the most part- to create more of a solidified 'production' with the intention to create a 'meditative' sonic stream, a sound scene to manipulate the mood and keep the vibe going a flowing with a particular theme. Nothing like that morbidly cheesball country song injected into the set of romantic motown soul to squash everyone's vibe. Bleh.
......This is not to say that some of the music could be more 'mainstream' by request. Want some oldies by Ray Charles or a James Brown boogie (a yes yes kind of question mark). No probs.- if this is part of the sound scene plan. (oh, a counter-culturalist can be as snobby and erudite as they want (((like a Portlandia Hipster, even!))) if they have controls) Want some shit-pop song you hear on your marketed WGKU in Omaha. Nope. Christina Aquilera. Nope. Mariah Carey. Nope. Not unless it's an 80's party designed to make fun of these artists.
To sophisticated music connoisseurs- the desultory clump of crap music trussed together by a cheesy DJ with a fog machine, is pet peeve material. The antipathy to such musical torture, by those seeking transcendent and a more refined musical experience is palpable- and we desire to rescue and resuscitate the poor souls stuck in the pit of 'fashionable force feed'.
Control freaks with systematized song lists are also invited and encouraged to use our service. Do you simply need the equipment and a Master of Ceremony to tastefully make announcements and smoothly guide your event?... we can deliver.
Ok, point made. Nuff said.
Alright- now, Superlover Soundz also offers a sliding scale fee. Are you hippies on a yoga ranch and you only make 1K a month? We will subsidize your gig. Are you a Real Estate guru that can truly afford a DJ with all the bells and whistles? We ask you pay the going rate. Equality, equity and access to services is what we're shooting for.
"RxGS" is a group of experimental electronic crossover musicians that is fronted and or by coagulated by Jayma Superlove. Areas and genres of experimentation include:
Alternative Hip Hop, Dronology, Psychadelic Soul, Symponic Poem, Atmospeheric, Spectralism, Psychonautic, Wonky Broken Beat, Obscuro, Naturalismo, Braindance, Illbient, Ethereal Wave, Glitchy Free Jazz, Resonance, Art Rock, Hard Core Noize, Futurism & Fusion IDM.
We host FUNd raising CARD SHARK PARTY's... from time to time. When we're not getting busted by the banana band.
Mostly, these secret parties are not 'public' and require a special invite. But, if you knock 3 times (on the ceiling if you want me)... dot dot dot.
... we usually let you in, if you bring hot sauce. And guaranteed, we will let you in if you're wearing clown shoes.
BONZAI BANANA BREAD NUTS ARE NOT EXTRA
Let's just say I'm bored. While I have an extensive background as a classically trained musician, I am totally bored with all that... But, all the years of absorbing anything from Miles Davis to Dmitri Shostakovich has served me well- as these sonic forms are burned in my psychic membrane like a tattoo of a warlock haven on my cerebral cortex.
Sometimes, EFFECTIVELY explaining the nature of my somewhat idiosyncratic approach to futuristic musical topics is thwarted by my abstract nature. Although contrary to my artistic predilection, I will attempt this exposition with a direct approach. One of my greatest personal challenges is communicating my wild ideas so that they are understandable to the hefty part of the bell curve. I natively like to provide the hole in the part of the loop, as I enjoy watching others stretch to etch their own interpretations and create their own significances… I learn and receive inspiration by watching this alchemical reaction in others. Often, the chain-reaction in others, of new and varied thought, is my crux. It is the sweet and temptuous spot where I gather true joy in my creative process. With this said, I will explain Rxsounik in a manner that pulls in meaning and identifies tangible understandings, yet leaves enough room for pondering and unknowns.
I use samples to create this kind of music. A sample in music terminology is a recording of a sound. I use around 70-80 % organic samples, which means I use sounds in my compositions that I have recorded in the natural environment. Whether it be a bird, a car horn, flapping of the tarp outside, random boring days at a bus stop with an old dude, crowded halls in church congregations or the sounds of a real heart beating, these natural sounds are my raw materials. I then tweak these sounds in my studio to create my own instruments. I use 20-30% ‘in-house’ synthesized sounds that have already been developed and engineered in a lab by a professional sample company. Now, among the organic samples, I inject some very interesting and rare sounds. I inject the sounds of atoms. Interesting? In further explanation, hydrogen, the actual atom of hydrogen, when sampled sounds like a pure, round, smooth pinging gong. The gas radon sounds like an electrified aardvark, or a wispy spinning runaway teen. Have I lost you yet? Perhaps I need to develop diagrams or do a lecture on YouTube with a laser pointer, props and some demonstrations, but hopefully you get the point. Perhaps I was an assistant or friend of Nicola Tesla in a past life, and I’m way ahead of myself, but I’ve had a fascination with the atomic structure of sounds.
Now, this is where I could go into a gigantic mystical excursion, so I will try to keep it short. I personally observe that if IT has a wave, emits a frequency, throws any particles off or pulls a particle in, IT is an animation of a living form. IT is alive. IT is being animated by a living force, however inconceivable that may be, to the current scientific model. Behind any motion is a “being” that is maintaining the form and moving the form. How do I classify “alive?” Alive equals thought. Thought is the ‘Prime Mover Unmoved’ as in Aristelian logic, the ‘Web that has No Weaver’ in Taoist, Buddhist philosophy or, the ‘Alpha and Omega’ in other Coptic and Orthodox viewpoints. Yes, the universe is alive--every nook and cranny. I started to see this connection as I was studying preliminary chemistry in junior high school. I was the weird kid in the corner staring out the window seeing these connections instead of staring at the book and the Bunsen burner. I translated the shapes of the atomic structures into what I thought would surely be the sound emission of these elements. And from this, I was able to see the creatures, the undulations of the “beingnesses” controlling the forms or elements. This is what made and makes sense to me. In fact, everything I interface with in this universe becomes a song to me in my mind. And the songs I hear, in this essence, are the abstract communication from the infinity of creation/creator. My songs/compositions are translations from the netherworld, so I can share what I see and hear, so you may take a peak and see what it looks like… or more accurately… so you may hear what it sounds like and imagine your own reality of IT.
Now, back to the story of Rxsounik. I followed this curiosity until I felt prepared to boldly investigate these potentials and many years later, I serendipitously located another mad-scientist-mirror-me and Professor of Physics that had my same obsession and penchant for interpreting the sonic-life musical-miracle connection. So, among other wacky ideas like translating our brainwaves into sonic form and creating symphonies with our minds, we sampled atoms. I’m not going to tell you how because it’s complicated, and confidential. Now as far as the basic form and structure of my compositions, I write music as if I am hearing what a certain thing is; whether it be a situation, an object, a person, an emotional climate, a transposition or teleportation of envisioning anything. I believe we call this raw imagination. For example; from my Album AceZhip, the track, ‘Changs Robo Bird, is a translation of a Sci-Fi imagining of what the various dramas of robot birds would/could sound like . This approach to composition isn’t new, nor is it different from the various expose’ of let us say, Stravinsky’s “Le Sacred du Printemps”-or "The Rite of Spring". You can really hear the drama, colors and emotional intensities Igor was attempting to communicate in his compositions. He happens to be my favorite composer because of his remarkable ability to describe life with sound…he translates life into music. This is what I do as well. This stuff I compose I have coined, “Rxsounik”. It is a new, cutting edge style, incorporating cosmological ideas and bizarre sound samples, however foreign it may be to the masses… and likened to the transcendental break-through genre of Avant-Garde Jazz, it may take a few decades before this style finds its place in the looking glass and compost pile accepted as genuine musical progress. And while Rxsounik is being received with a fair amount of apprehension and non-comprehension in the popular circles, at least the underground groups of renegade teenagers, noise freaks and long-time free-jazzers are diving into its invigoration and outlandishness. I dare to quest for the ethereal expansion with a resolute impetus to keep it real in our NEW unit of time. And as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, reality is how we decide to interpret it.
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*** Johan the Reaper ***
Album Release Date:
October 29th, 2016
Hip hop meets a triumphant life story.
Lyrics- by John Rieb, Johan the Reaper
Music Composed and Produced- by Jayma Superlove
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"We are a alternative band strongly influenced by Punk rock. With Scott Land on guitar, Brady Kathol on bass, Hank Graham on vocals, and Mason S (Drums)"-- Naked at the Laundromat
Are you a weirdo that likes to roller skate (inject wily question mark here).!!! AND do you play a musical instrument (inject feverish question mark here).!!! Do you ski and play the trumpet? Oboe? Trombone? Bicycle while you play the drum? Oh yes, welcome home fellow wonder dorks.
We do semi-dangerous, dangerous things, usually with musical instruments on skates, or skis... or hanging off the edge of a raft. Whatever you want to invent, actually. As long as it's an add scene combined with some noise you create. It's a new kind of extreme sport combined with outlandish musicians stunts. Kazoos and cowbells qualify. Our eventual goals include a hot air balloon recording sesh... and perhaps a extreme banding ski dive? VYknot?!! Said some adrenaline junkie band nerds.
The Rxsounik.gronk.Substratum is on the frontier of WOW!!! ... and WOW is about to announce a NEW project.
The Superlove Sanctuary. THIS IS THE NEW FRONTIER OF 'MUSIC THERAPY' + + + +. However! I could hope to provide a better description, .... how about detailing the cherry on the top of a chocolate pyramid, that's exploding at the seams with an effervescent WOW of a nutritiously invigorating halcyon!!! ... Those are just word, but this is designed to tap into spontaneous admiration & lackadaisical curiosity. The whole assemblage of tools in this rolling mega wonder and lever for interesting expansion could be called: "AESTHETICS SUSTENANCE."
I'd like to take a moment to re-frame the usage of the word "therapy". I do not desire to call myself a 'healer' or a 'therapist'. I'd prefer to engage with a Soul seeking reprieve or edification (uplifting)... and simply GIVE CARE and ATTENTION to those who need a boost. I will provide the trampoline, as ART provides the bounce. In this way, I candidly considered myself a facilitator or a pioneer simply providing opportunity. A facilitator is a person or a thing that makes an action or a process easy or easier. Opportunity is an extension of emancipation. You, in tandem with the great cosmos and potentials for creation... adventure into aesthetics... the not-so final, frontier.
In terms of a mechanism of healing and help- I prefer to meditate on the words: MUSE, MAGIC, MIRACLE.
The actuality that people FEEL BETTER, after obtaining contact and connection with ART & LOVE- is the very simple, but marvelous outcome I am pursuing.
Inside the cozy and comfy confines of the little mobile vintage travel trailer, called "The Bumblebee"- ... resides a sacred place to receive 'BENEVOLENCE'... Be, the loved.
Again, avoiding use of the word 'therapy'- I supplant an adjective with an idea of facilitation: REHARMONIZATION.
If you'd like to dive into the more nerdly side of brainiac inquiry- I offer this explanation, in tandem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonization
I personally believe that our lives are like a symphony. WE, are the expression of the love supreme in sound. WE, are the notes of creation and we can create whatever song(s) we choose. If we don't like the current tempo, timbre, cadence, polyphony--- WE can invent a new melody... or reharmonize ourselves into any structure or non-structure in existence... (or non-existence).
Superlove Sanctuary Deliverance: You will be treated to a nap, if you'd like a nap... or if you need one. OR! If you need some comedic ventilation in conversation- I've got that covered. Need some primal yelling of howling? We can go for that, too! Lord knows the power of cranking a guitar amp and making noise after being silenced into submission, in a society that says "be seen but not heard." Some of us just need a wild-eyed-release. Some of us need to laugh until our sides split. I hope to provide these opportunities- that is all.
The primary extrapolate, however, is a FIVE point sensory experience, to enable a REHARMONIZATION, including;
Sound- Hemisync Music. https://hemi-sync.com/
Sight- Photon Therapy. Color Therapy.
Smell- Aroma therapy. Essential Oils.
Taste- Superlove Elixir. See "Superlove Elixir"
Touch- 'Healing Touch/Massage Therapy'.
And, soon!!!! to compliment the journey... The Amp Coil will add to the docket:
This is very exciting news!!!
I'm responding the the feedback from family/friends that have expressed their WISHES to me. The Superlove Sanctuary is a mobile "AMAZEMENT"... resonation unit- !!! designed for relaxation, invigoration, recapitulation, recuperation and communication in the language of aesthetics. It's intended to be 'other-worldly'. Like, step-up, on your lunch break and go inner-stellar!... take a break from the boring, ............BESUPERLOVED.
Besuperloved Land is a Wilderness spot for Off-the-Grid Music Gatherings! Superloved Land is a reprive that will be held pure and free from Substances; meaning drugs and alcohol. It is intended to be a music 'venue'/ gathering spot that is espousing a different ethic in terms of the chemically obsessed culture and music scene that is currently devouring the many who get entrenched. How many options do we musicians have to be nurtured by a place that isn't selling booze to make profit? How many of us would like to play music, experience music... but we don't engage because we have challenges with substances? Currently or in the past? And we are trying to confront these problems? We, the ones who recognize a greater problem with the assosication of music and drugs/alcohol- are embracing and encouraging living with sobriety and balance. With the ever popular legalization of marijuana in the State of CO, we are responding to the needs of those in our community who are recovering from Substance Abuse issues- or those of us who would like to have an outlet, ... a safe, fun, enlightening place, some SPACE to go to be free. It is envisioned as a sanctuary, where the sober have a place to BE.
We currently have a temporary locale for de-fraggin' the work a day city world, but we are seeking a larger reprieve where the antelopes and buffalolo's roam!
Our permanent location for these endeavors has yet to be determined, concretely. However, we have located THE vicinity by Elephant Rock, on the West Side of the San Luis Valley in Colorado. Just north of Penitente Canyon. AMAZING. MANIFEST, DESTINY. We are working diligently on finding that sacred space for summer ops here in Colorful Colorado. We are close dear friends, very, very close. BOOM.!!!
We have an open call for participants and like-minded investors for our land share. If you would like to be involved and bask in the open spaces of wild-ness and plan music gatherings with us, off the grid styles, please connect with us!
P.S. We are also jenking together this property... and it will serve as an art installation in and of itself... as an evolving art project. ((( as a side note--- "I think, substance abuse can directly stem from boredom. Give people something inspiring, or fun to do and that goal, alone, could handle a good portion of our collective conpulsive conscription."- JS))))
Jenkstar- (noun) a person who uses 'useless' junk that others throw away and constructs a whole new realm of awesomeness with this junk that others' throw away. Jenking (verb) is a lifestyle build upon 'using what you got to make it better than it was'. It is the USE of JUNK that others thow away and finding a new use for the JUNK. It is a link in the sustainability movement.
SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER.
How kewl can creation get! HOW UNCOMFORTABLE CAN TRUTH, BE?
If you are turned on by prospects of pain... if you don't mind exploring into inner worlds that set you a-flame.... if you savor the respite from having to be positive and nice---- this SPACE is for you. Sometimes we must enter the abyss to reconfigure our personal RIGHTS. Come and sort out your puzzling puzzles- and stack it back, however you may.
"You can't handle the truth" Ranch- is uniquely tied-in with BESUPERLOVED LAND. We have rescued and refurbished antique travel trailers and we offer an unusual 'off the grid' bed and NO breakfast. It's a high maintenance camping experience for the wilderness challenged... or for those who crave a heterogeneous opportunity for rest, relaxation, invigoration and refreshment. It's also a place where you can get in touch with yourself. Perhaps, a little self-imposed solitary confinement. Perhaps, a place where, you can't handle the truth.... (at first, perhaps) Our Glamperz are a harmonic in the concatenation of the ultimate JENKING. Every travel trailer has been remodeled with second-hand materials and re-sourced stuff.
"You can't handle the truth" Ranch- is offered on a lottery basis, Air B&B style- with adjusting dates of availability. Private Superlove Music Sessions/Superlove Sanctuary Sessions- are also offered in retreat to pepper up the already amazing experience. Every now and again, we plan to host a summer campout- with the Superlove Spacship Sanctuary- serving up an interstellar sonic escape.
Besuperloved Land is a Wilderness spot for Off-the-Grid Music Gatherings!
We currently have a temporary locale for de-fraggin' the work a day city world, but we are seeking a larger reprieve where the antelopes and buffalolo's roam!
Our permanent location for PERMACULTURE JENKSTAR SANCTUARY endeavors has yet to be determined. We collectively postulate the most amazing space for our BESuperlovers Landbase. We are working diligently on finding that sacred space for summer ops here in Colorful Colorado. Thus far, our quests are zeroing in on a couple plots of land in Gilpin County and Saquache County CO. We are close dear friends, very, very close. BOOM.!!!
We have an open call for participants and like-minded investors for our land share. If you would like to be involved and bask in the open spaces of wild-ness and plan music gatherings with us, off the grid styles, please connect with us!
Jenkstar- (noun) a person who uses 'useless' junk that others throw away and constructs a whole new realm of awesomeness with this junk that others' throw away. Jenking (verb) is a lifestyle build upon 'using what you got to make it better than it was'. It is the USE of JUNK that others thow away and finding a new use for the JUNK. It is a link in the sustainability movement, using the premises in the ONE WORD ENVIRONMENTAL SONG: "SUPER-RE-DUCE-RE-USE-RE-PAIR-RE-CYCLE a doshus".
Please contact us with inquiry.
Genuinely Good People. Superlovers.
(sure, we all have our moments, but........!)
The world is filled with infinitely gorgeous stories. The world is filled with heroes, responding to their unique calls...
All throughout the ages, there have been those rarefied beings that operate from a center of kindness, generosity and an intrinsic compassion and care for life no matter their circumstances. No matter their religious or spiritual affiliation, no matter their trials and tribulations, no matter their abundance or affluence, no matter their failings and affliction- there are some people who just seem to operate from an inner code of honor.
These are the people who do the best they can and give it their all even when they face the harshest tests of turmoil.
These are the every day Joe's that give up their seat on the bus for the tired commuter and help little old ladies cross streets. These are the people who return lost wallets found, run errands for their neighbors who are down, ... those who pray for world peace and hold the space, the torch of truth in their left hand, and in their right, a solemn vow,... a guardian of the worlds positive pro-nouns.
Are you a SUPERLOVER? Lets celebrate us SUPERLOVERS!
Welcome to the INTERGALLACTIC ORDER OF SUPERLOVERS- !!!
-Aura Painting by Eloryia Ra
What can I say... Uh. Everyone has an alter ego. Or two. Or three or four. ... Five.
Twenty Nine Thousand Million Ka-Trillion.
*ALTER-EGO: "Meister Uh." (even-thought I don't believe in "The Ego")
Exploration and Adventure. Wildfire Mills.
In the summer of 2017, I had a wild idea. Become a professional truck driver. Why? I was so inspired to immerse myself into pockets of culture that I seldom have access to. Honestly, I'm just following my inner compass and seeing where this leads me. I also desired to test myself. Do I have what it takes to operate a giant machine with tremendous power in some very challenging terrain? Do I have the openness and gumption to enter into an industry that is incredibly foreign?... and wrangle what knowledge I can? It's a wild idea that's for sure... and an even more wild to actually be doing it... but here I am! ...surfing that cosmic wave in the limelight and the lightning! Oh where is this pinnacle where fear and comfort-ability meet?... I think I'm finding it every day...
Hop on my truck with me and ride the Wildfire! You can find my blog on Facebook... I write when I can. xoxoxoxoxox!
ALTER EGO: "Wildfire Mills" (Even-though I don't believe in "The Ego")
Perchance, one of the more insidious perturbations one can deliver or endure is the frequency of 'passive aggression'---- AKA---- 'covert hostility'. Oh, yes, it's a vibration--- and it's palpable once you clasp the plangency.
Passive aggression, covert hostility- could basically be described, as:
Having a smile on ones' face, but a knife behind ones' back.
It's a hidden inclination to destroy.
This, can also be described in using the word "SNIDE".
If you give a quick GOOGLE research to any of the three descriptive words above (((or not)))- you could educate yourself (((or not))) on what, exactly, this type of emotional warfare encompasses, and potentially, on how to reject, accept, deflect, dissect... or disarm or charm it! ... reveal, disclose, uncover our own potentials for control, for manipulation, through awareness of our motives- however unconscious, at times, those motives may be. If we know what it is, we can handle it. ......... are we a reactive, push button slave to unsavory emotions ... or can we USE any wave to our advantage... or disadvantage. ???
Now, it's not Squirrels intention to preach---- but it actually is. This frequency often delivers it's info in diametric opposites... inversions. It's often, 'the snide'- (covert hostility), primarily detected... (because it's a confusing wave-function)... it's identified in observing the periphery-... it appears as by-product of projects left un-done, in lives mysteriously blighted, in scenes disintegrated, ... the digested rot is un-cloaked with an inspection of those who are overwhelmed- and it echos in the gambit of nonsensical justifications of an obstructionists' perspective. It's a fantastically destructive energy. It's not a 'you say taMato, I say TomaHto".... it's an; "I'm actually saying YES, when I mean NO." AND the evidence of the poisons intrusion, is un-earthed by the quiescent of a creator that can no longer, create. You spot it in the fallout. ---It's a domination of anothers spirit with a veneered attitude of supremacy, cowering behind and indubitable inferiortiy ... Whittle someone down with kindness? Yes, this is the insidiousness of this homely little perversion... ... ... pretty sure it's been executed with perfection in the messy trenches of the empassioned monkey-mind.
Snide Squirrel was invented to bring this energy to our awareness... to off-gas a little of the awfulness. Not to make it OK, but to make it OK. - nothing less, nothing more. If we can 'have' something/anything, AT WILL--- OR---- NOT 'have' something/anything at will... we are no longer a slave to that 'thing'. In essence we master our own decision to let it effect us, or not. Can we be slight gentle cause, over a suppression, a squelching force? Some of the martial arts say, 'absolutely'. Can we practice mental Tai-chuan-do? ABSOLUTELY!!! ... Agree to take a direct hit to the sore spot on the archaically throbbing Achilles heel?-- Do it over and over again with discipline?... Push the button to flatten it? YES.
If we become aware of it, we can understand it, then, we can master it- through the POWER of choosing... WE choose the conclusion in contemplation- to BE; CAUSE of effect or EFFECT of a cause.
Disclaimer: Snide Squirrel is only an Alter Ego. You should not take Snide Squirrel seriously. (((or not)))
ALTER EGO: "Snide Squirrel" (Even-though I don't believe in "The Ego")
However 'proprietary' the ingredients... The Superlove elixir has taken form and the micro-nutrients, primarily focusing on adaptogens and nutritives, is proving to resemble rocket fuel anchored by iron ore. Its quite complimentary. If you desire a test ride I'm developing the prototype for gatherings and party's (just invite me) as an alternative to copious amounts of booze n stuff. Did I mention one of the main components is a drinking chocolate from Portandia? Build the body UP, feed it and balance the animal and watch the creative wackiness abound!!! O yes.
The Superlove Elixir- is an aphrodisiac. .... for all you maniac's. And honestly, it was designed to help give us a more natural high- in feeding the body high frequency plants (with all their astral projections) and in treating basal vitamin deficiencies. I hope to offer this elixir as a gift of LOVE at my gorilla gigs as well... Who knows! Maybe it could finance the electromagnetic oscilloscope.
I was inspired in desire: Aphrodite was the most attractive goddess of Mount Olympus. She was the goddess of Love, Beauty and Eternal Youth, arousing desire to gods and humans as well as birds and beasts. In addition, she was connected to the death/rebirth of nature and human beings.
Not that there aren't other-other ways to get there--- to the heights of ecstasy! POW+++++Music and Holy Kakow!!!+++++ ... but, I desired to develop a sweetly awesome, actively powerful potion, that peeps can savor...
As allure captives the BODY--- a subtle happy will overtake the senses... The concatenation creates DISTANCE, in distinction,... besetting our booze-infused compulsion. I'm tired of the ethanol train. I've seen the wizard behind the curtain in terms of the generally popularized usage of alcohol, at the club. I've seen the damage done. The gnarly, entrenched overindulgence of a relatively boring liquor. It creates a langeru with the
I'm hoping to do something different, here. We humans like an indulgence--- a divergence into the divinely exceptional- WILD side. Give us a slight alteration of consciousness that graces the "get up and go"... and oil the gears instead of drying out the blood like an astringent. And we've got some WOW!
Or so I think. I feel.
Who doesn't like chocolate? Who wouldn't like a chocolate based drink that give you a lift in libido?
Let's face the blurry eyed fact. Music Theory can suck some sweaty and smelly fill in the blanks... especially if you don't even know what music theory IS. Here's the 'other side' of music theory hell. Music theory, in its upper reaches of mathematical contrivance, parallels such things a string theory, Ptolemaic astronomy and sacred geometry. When contemplating such findings, we deduce a primordial dichotomy of heaven expressed in abstract syntax. And to us analytical nerds who love intellectual overload, music theory can deliver a 1-2 punch mainlined to the cerebral cortex of a curious inquiry like a knowledge junky.
Want more (coazing question mark insert here.)
Here's a wittle-bitty essay on Music Theory:
WHAT IT TIZ- by Jayma Superlove
While I’m aware that Charlie Brown and his crew called’ The Peanuts with Snoopy Dog’ is a bygone of my 1970’s childhood- those of us who remember this endearing show surely remember Charlie Brown’s teacher. Ever wonder why the Teachers’ commentary sounded like a chocked-out muffled sea of ‘wa wawaaas!” I think that’s how most of kids hear a teacher. It’s a sea of baffling and beguiling words- splayed together with syllable this and blah blah blah that.
In fact most kids, and people in general, are lost in a sea of misunderstood, mis-defined and convoluted words. Now, when we get to the subject of MUSIC THEORY, faces go blank, and awkward silences hush over the room… because what IS this fabled MUSIC THEORY STUFF!(insert horrifically pining question mark.) The glazed over look in the eyes of those confused and perplexed…. The spinning minds and the wasted time for those so stymied and frustrated by music theory. What torture this stuff can be for those who have an expanded penchant for creativity. As demonstrated by Charlie Browns’ teacher, music lessons become a sea of ‘yada yada, blah blah blah’ when the pins in open minds are not anchored with solid meanings and when definitions are not amply supplied by their tutors.
First, did you know that English is one of THE most complicated languages on earth?
Second, did you know one of the reasons for this the HOMONYM! (insert an OH WOW question mark here). Now, stop right there. If you don’t remember or don’t know what a homonym is- look it up. That’s the very first step in learning anything. Look at it. Look it up. Go on an adventure of word discovery. It think they call this etymology in fancy terminology. Really, truly embrace the definitions of words and you will become Einstein or Aristotle in no time!!!! Study their derivations, where the English word came from, and vwahla! You have a primary key to becoming a fantastically high IQ person! There are laughably dozens of ‘homonyphic numbers’ in music theory. Measure number ONE. Scale Degree ONE. Count number ONE. Numbers alone, in music theory can be a huge source of confusion, because the same number can carry several different definitions. If you ‘re aware of the use of homonyphic words and numbers in music theory, you’re already way ahead of the pack.
Now, did you know that 90-95% of musicians or music students polled, can’t accurately define the word THEORY! When we look in Webster’s dictionary, we see 5 definitions for the word ‘theory’. Now, find one that seems to fit. Now, marinade in it. What does it actually mean (dot dot dot) Connect the dots. Do they connect (eurodite question mark insert here). Or is it still poorly defined for you (plantative question mark). Are there other words in this definition that you need to clear up (question question mark)... How about ‘principles’ or ‘methods’ (conclusive question mark). If the words in the definition are not fully understood, can you see how we end up in a jumbled up mess of misunderstood, mis-defined, convoluted understanding (insert a feeling of relief question mark).
When questioning our knowledge on such basics, it is amazing how blank and possibly devoid of actual, applicable knowledge we can supply. For example; did you know that there are 22 different definitions for the word “of”. Amazing to think how smart and much more we could understand, if we understand the definitions of the words we use.
I will go ahead and define ‘theory’ as it has been digested in my mind. ‘Theory’ is: that branch of an art or science dealing with knowledge of its’ principles and methods rather than with its’ practice.
Now, how about MUSIC THEORY (excited question mark!) Let’s boil this down even more to it’s core meaning. What IS MUSIC THEORY (yes, what is it question mark!) It is basically the MATH AND VOCABULARY OF MUSIC. What is important here is that MUSIC THEORY is an invented tool. Sheet music is not music. The little scribbles and dots and symbols on the page, IS NOT MUSIC. It is an invented language that can explain HOW to PLAY music. MUSIC is an aural happening. Music is SOUND. Music is combinations of SOUNDS put together in an infinite combination of ways… and in MUSIC THEORY; we can analyze it (figure it out and describe it), and talk about it with other musicians in our own ‘secret language’ of sorts if we know the MATH and VOCABULARY of MUSIC THEORY. Now, to go a little further into this- the VOCABLUARY of music theory also involves SYMBOLS. There are 3 aspects to a symbol. Mass (what is it), Meaning (what does it mean), Mobility (what do you do with it). And if we contemplate this enough- the very letters I’m using to type this blog are symbols. (An ‘S’ is and ‘S’- we have assigned it mass, meaning and mobility. To exemplify further; it has a place, ‘mass’ we write it as a curvy line thing from up and down- and if you’ve been indoctrinated in English you can identify an ‘S’, plus ‘meaning’ we understand various things about an ‘S’ like how to make the sound ‘ssssssssssss’, plus ‘mobility’- we can use it. We put ‘S’ in words to communicate ideas.) Language is a TOOL. Show a Violinist in China a Treble Clef and they will know ‘what it is’, ‘what it means’ and ‘what to do with it’. Put 40 musicians from all over the world in an Orchestra, give them sheet music- if they know MUSIC THEORY, they can speak it or play it together. Music IS the universal language- not only emotionally but also analytically as in MUSIC THEORY. Now, the MUSIC THEORY vocabulary part can be divided into 2 major parts for understanding music words and music symbols. When you study MUSIC THEORY you learn the words of music and the symbols of music.
Now, how about the MATH part (eww math question mark)... Did you know that composers like Bach were running computations in music as significantly complex as Trigonometry and Calculus (it's actually easy question mark) Yes, yes- such masterminds as those of John Coltrane and Igor Stravinsky ran calculations in their musical exposes that baffle super-computers. Now, let’s properly define MATH. MATH is: the science of number, quantity and space. Ask yourself, do you have the words in that definition properly and thoroughly defined... How about the word “SPACE” (mmmmm wondering question mark!) I had to research this word for myself so why not define it! SPACE is: a viewpoint of dimension or consideration of distance. This gives you quite a bit to contemplate I hope! If you are a beginning or intermediate student- stop right here: simply know this- there is math in music, schedule a tutorial session, dive into it. In my own personal excitement, I am in awe how it all works!!! It is amazing how our predecessors figured all this out!... The time signature is a fraction… the rhythms can be sub-divided into ratios. Wow wow wow.! Music Theory is fascinating once you get over the hump of knowing what it is, what it means and what to do with it!!! Now, if you are an advanced student- check out the Fibonacci sequence or Golden Ratio and explore the works of Dr. Mandelbrot and the Mandelbrot sets or Sacred Geometry! It is fascinating when you start to understand the core relationships between the UNIVERSE, MATH and MUSIC. If I’ve piqued your interest on this line, read the book “The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science and the Natural Order of the Universe” by Jamie James. Music Theory may not be as boring or intimidating as you once thought, eh!!
I hope this small discourse was enlightening to you and if you have more questions you can schedule an appointment with me at The Superlove Music Studio, and we can go on this quest for knowledge together!!!
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